All You Need to Know About the Report System of Dota 2

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In the following guide we will answer questions about the report system in Dota 2. This includes how to report players; how to get out of low priority; what happens when you get reported and how to check your behavior score, which is based on reports among other things.

How to Report Players in Dota 2

Reporting players in Dota 2 is possible only after a match has finished. Once it has, a summary board of the match will appear.

On this screen you can either commend players for their good behavior or report them for being assholes. This is done by hovering over the player with your mouse and clicking on a red flag (for reporting) or a green star (for commending). In the above image you can see these options on the player Bloody_ManDo.

Clicking the report button will open up a new window that allows you to specify why you want to report the player. There are three categories to choose from and if there is reason for it all of them can be used:

  • Communication Abuse
  • Intentional Ability Abuse
  • Intentional Feeding

You also get a text box to write in if you would like to provide additional information to Valve about what happened. While the report system is somewhat automated, employees of Valve may read the reports – especially if the player is reported frequently. Therefore, it is always a good idea to add a little note.

How Many Reports Do I Have?

To avoid the report system being overly abused, most players receive three – five reports to use every week. Those who have a higher behavior score (which is based on game abandons, reports received and commends) will be entitled to issue more reports than those with a lower score.

What Happens When a Player Gets Reported in Dota 2?

It depends on the number of reports you receive and how good of a behavior score you have. A single report from a game isn’t likely to have any effect at all. However, if multiple reports are received from several players or the reports stack up from one game to another, punishments are likely to occur. The possible punishments that you can get from being reported in Dota 2 include the following:

  • Low priority matches (first degree punishment)
    This is the most common punishment of them all. Here you will be forced to win 1 – 3 matches together with other people that have also been reported. These matches are unranked.
  • More low priority matches (second degree punishment)
    If you keep getting reported in the low priority matches or your behavior score was bad when you received reports, you will get more matches to win in the low priority tier – usually up to 5.
  • One day ban from matchmaking (third degree punishment)
    This only happens if you truly are an obnoxious asshole that keeps getting reported. If it does happen, you won’t be able to play any matches at all for 24 hours.
  • One week ban from matchmaking (forth degree punishment)
    I don’t really know what it takes to get a ban like this, but people have received it so it is indeed possible. And this isn’t the worst punishment either…
  • 6 months ban from matchmaking (fifth degree punishment)
    Now THIS is the worst punishment you can get for being repeatedly reported in Dota 2 and having a very low behavior score. Not playing for 6 months – doesn’t sound very fun, does it?

Getting Out of Low Priority Matchmaking

Whether it was deserved or not, ending up in low priority is never fun. You have to play with people that you know may be real dipshits and you won’t be able to play ranked to gain any MMR. It isn’t all bad though. As much as matches may be crap, you can actually experience some truly good ones as well due to the fact that you have to win to get out of low priority.

The number of matches you have to win depends on your punishment; it can be anything from 1 – 5. You’re able to see the number above the matchmaking button. It looks like this:

In other words, it isn’t just enough to play the low priority matches to get out of the low priority queuing, but if you want to get back to playing ranked you better put on your A-game and win.

Checking Your Behavior Score in Dota 2

You may be wondering how the behavior score in Dota 2 is checked – surely you want to know how you stand after all this talk about low priority and other punishments? Checking your score is easy. Just follow these steps:

  1. Open up the game
  2. Click on your name to access your profile
  3. On the bottom (next to where it says edit profile) it says Conduct Summary
  4. Simply click on Conduct Summary to find your behavior score

As you can see, the conduct summary does not only tell you about your behavior score, but it also tells you the amount of commends, abandons and reports that you’ve had in the past 25 games.

If you’re wondering what the maximum behavior score is, this is capped at 10,000. No one knows exactly how it is calculated, but it is certainly based on commends, abandons and reports.

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